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Ben Y. Tonooka Interview

Date: February 6, 2012
Location: Los Angeles, California
Videographer: Tani Ikeda
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-390
03:23:35
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Nisei male. Born July 17, 1924, in Fowler, California. At an early age, moved with family to Fresno, California. During World War II, removed to the Fresno Assembly Center, California, and to the Jerome concentration camp, Arkansas. Transferred to the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona, after Jerome closed. After leaving camp, lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for a time before eventually returning to California.
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Parents' family backgrounds Segment 1 of 32 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Description of siblings Segment 2 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Moving to North Fresno Segment 3 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Father's illness and passing Segment 4 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Difficulty coping financially after father's death Segment 5 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Attending high school Segment 7 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Childhood recreational activities Segment 8 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Memories of childhood: amateur photography, delivering newspapers Segment 9 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Playing with non-Japanese American friends as a child Segment 10 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Celebrating holidays Segment 11 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Losing paper delivery job after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 12 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Feeling uncomfortable in school after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 13 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Preparing for mass removal Segment 14 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Arriving at the Fresno Assembly Center Segment 15 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Daily life in camp Segment 16 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Learning to dance in camp Segment 17 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California The difficult journey by train to Jerome Segment 18 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California First arriving in Jerome Segment 19 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Adjusting to living conditions in Jerome Segment 20 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Hospitalized in camp for a heart condition Segment 21 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Going to school in camp Segment 22 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Receiving high school diploma years later in a special ceremony Segment 23 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Recreational activities in camp: collecting records Segment 24 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Forming the Olympic Club in camp Segment 25 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Visiting Little Rock, Arkansas Segment 26 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Transferring to Gila River after the closing of Jerome Segment 27 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Working in the auto parts warehouse in Gila River Segment 28 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Leaving Gila River and moving to Cleveland, Ohio Segment 29 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Returning to California Segment 30 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Getting married and losing wife early Segment 31 of 32 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Looking back on wartime experiences Segment 32 of 32 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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